a quick happy new year to all. i'm in the midst of the final revision of my essay for a forthcoming book on soap opera, not to mention, i'm still digesting the voluminous postings generated by a group of bloggers who visited the guiding light production site in peapack, new jersey last month. hope to have a post up on that soon.
but i did happen upon two items that please me greatly. somewhere in my wanderings i found my way to the SFM entertainment site and the following announcment:
SFM, on behalf of Colgate-Palmolive, and the Hallmark Channel, agree to a distribution deal regarding The Doctors, the heralded Soap Opera which started it all.
setting aside the hyperbole, this is encouraging news for soap fans fed up with SOAPNet, which has so expanded it's "soapy" programming that the phrase "soap opera" has been diluted practically beyond recognition.
and while i was wandering among comcast's on-demand offerings (writing deadlines lead to procrastination, which leads to wandering...) and came across one of my all time favorite primetime soaps: jack & bobby. it only lasted one season (2004-5) on the WB, and i was so giddy when i found it at comcast that i immediately watched six episodes in a row. i later found out that j&b is available at thewb.com/shows/jack-and-bobby, but i much prefer watching shows on a television from a comfortable chair rather than sitting at my desk.
what i so love about the characters in j&b was best described by the late irna phillip who said of the characters she wrote:
you have to remember that there are always shades of gray with people; nobody is all good or all bad and each human being can exhibit all of these different elements, often at the same time.
words TPTB of today's soaps, both daytime and primetime, need to keep in mind -- in the front of their minds.
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